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Episode 14 – Mother to Chimpanzees of Tchimpounga, Rebeca Atencia

Jane has been working with Dr. Rebeca Atencia for over 16 years, and they have many stories to tell! Dr. Atencia is the head veterinarian of JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center and Executive Director of JGI Congo. When we listen to this episode, we are inspired by the shared hope they place in the world’s caregivers, rescuers, and advocates for chimpanzees and all wildlife.

Listen to the episode to hear “the mother of the chimpanzees of Tchimpounga,” as Jane calls her, share her many stories – including the incredible time one chimpanzee saved Rebeca’s life.


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Kira is a Communications & Policy Assistant at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she supports the team in advancing public engagement with JGI's holistic programs. Kira graduated from Smith College in 2021, majoring in anthropology and minoring in art history, and during her time there she developed a deep interest in the field of anthrozoology. Her interests within this field are broad, and have led her to study elephant iconography in the U.S. and wildlife management in Tanzania. JGI's values and mission as well as the mindset of anthrozoology guide her work, exploring the interactions between humans and other animals in order to promote a healthier coexistence on this shared planet.